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Buckle up steampunk enthusiasts, it turns out that not only are steam-powered space probes possible, they might be perfect for hopping between comets and asteroids on research and mining missions.
Earthquakes might be both powerful and inevitable. But we have the tools to soften their blows, save millions of lives, and save billions when cleaning up after them.
We have a new design for a fusion reactor that's showing great promise. We owe it to ourselves to give it a fair shot at making fusion work.
Reinventing the wheel is a common refrain for doing something unnecessary. But what if you really can make a better wheel like Goodyear is trying to do?
Nuclear engines in commercial aircraft would be a slow motion environmental disaster without a huge leap in shielding technology.
Reverse-engineering alien technology is a common sci-fi and conspiracy theory trope. But doing it in real life would be a lot harder than it sounds...
The UN is musing about a giant sunshade to cool the planet by reflecting 1% of the light that reaches us. They really don't want to know the price tag...
Engineers are using evolutionary algorithms to design new ion engines for spacecraft.
One day, we'll make it to Mars. But before we do that, we have to answer a lot of questions and think really hard about why we're going.